CRESR

Voluntary and community sector

CRESR has expertise and a long standing interest in the study of the voluntary and community sector. We undertake research both for and about the sector.

Our work focuses on:

  • measuring and mapping the voluntary and community sector
  • measuring outcomes and impact, including of social return on investment
  • approaches to social investment and funding
  • understanding sustainability, resilience and financial vulnerability
  • engagement and participation of communities

We also undertake research on specific social, economic and policy issues for clients. For example, we carried out research on hidden homelessness for the housing charity Crisis and have looked at the role of community businesses for rural community councils.

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The Social Benefits of Engagement with Culture and Sport

Project Director: Professor Peter Taylor (SIRC)
Project Duration: 2012-2013

Commissioned under the DCMS CASE programme this project seeks to enhance knowledge and understanding of the impact of culture and sport on well-being. The study provides evidence on an array of social impacts and provides guidance as to how impact can be measured in the future.


Evaluation Youth Facilities (MyPlace)

Project Director: Sarah Pearson
Project Duration: 2011-2013

An evaluation of the impact of Myplace centres on outcomes for young people and their communities. The evaluation used quantitative and qualitative evidence to identify the range and diversity of youth facilities; the types of young people accessing them and the extent to which they were engaging in the full range of services; an analysis of the costs and benefits associated with the youth facilities and an assessment of the value for money offered by the programme; an analysis of the income generation and financial sustainability of the youth facilities.


Groundwork Quality Assessment and Impact Evaluation Framework

Project Director: Dr Tony Gore
Project Duration: 2011-2012

This project involves providing assistance to the Groundwork federation in its efforts to improve its impact evaluation processes and methods. The work includes the development of a quality assurance and impact evaluation framework which builds on existing processes and procedures, plus support in piloting it in selected Trusts. The framework incorporates qualitative (attitudinal and perceptual) elements that can underpin a wider ‘social return on investment’ approach, as well as quantitative valuation of net outputs as a means of assessing added value and cost effectiveness.


Measuring Out Impact

Project Director: Professor Peter Wells
Project Duration: 2012-2013

This project developed an evaluation framework for the Online Centres Foundation which it could implement through its funded projects. The project developed a range of outcome measures.


Greater Manchester State of the Sector Surveys

Project Director: Ian Wilson
Project Duration: 2012-2013

There are two main parts to the study, firstly to provide the partners with methodological advice and guidance in the design and implementation of a 'State of Sector' survey within Greater Manchester. Then the CRESR team will use the survey results to provide intelligent information about the voluntary and community sector within Greater Manchester and its constituent local authorities.
 


Get in touch

For further information please contact Sarah Pearson at s.pearson@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 4902,
or Professor Peter Wells at p.wells@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 6262.

Key clients

Action Together
Age UK
Big Lottery Fund
Bolton CVS
British Red Cross
Cabinet Office
Church Urban Fund
Community Fund
CVS Rochdale
Economic and Social Research Council
Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT)
GMCVO
Groundwork
Groundwork UK
Heritage Lottery Fund
Home Office
Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council
Involve Yorkshire and Humber
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
Macc
National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
National Council for Voluntary Organisations
NHS Nottingham City CCG
Northern Rock Foundation
Rural Action Derbyshire
Salford CVS
South Yorkshire Housing Association
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Tesco
Trussell Trust
Voluntary Action Rotherham
Yorkshire Adoption Agency
Yorkshire Rural Community Council
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